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VERIFAVIA’s September 2017 Newsletter


Provisional Program for Aviation Carbon 2017 Available!

We would like to invite you to register now for Aviation Carbon 2017 taking place on 4-5 December 2017, where you will hear the latest information on the ICAO CORSIA carbon emissions scheme, as well as forthcoming developments on the EU ETS for Aviation.

Following Aviation Carbon 2012 and Aviation Carbon 2013, we will again bring together government representatives, aviation industry and carbon market leaders and international organizations, and we would be very happy to welcome you to the London Heathrow Marriott!

Aviation Carbon 2017 will also provide valuable insights into carbon offsets, carbon markets and the role of sustainable biofuels. It should allow airlines and other aircraft operators to be well prepared for submitting their CORSIA Monitoring Plan by 30 September 2018, with the monitoring of all international flights starting from 1 January 2019. Participants will also learn how to develop effective carbon management and purchasing strategies, discover powerful IT solutions and explore opportunities to outsource the complexities of compliance to experienced third parties.

You can find more details and provisional agenda here. Please note that you can benefit from the Super Early Bird Prices until 30 September 2017.

Aviation Carbon 2017 already has strong support from all the major airline associations, and we have confirmed speakers from IATA, Airlines for Europe (A4E), Airlines for America (A4A), the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) and the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). We are also partnering with the International Emissions Trading Association and the Climate Markets & Investment Association. 

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you at Aviation Carbon 2017!

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Switzerland is Linking its ETS with EU ETS


Aircraft operators that will operate flights within Switzerland and from Switzerland to EEA countries are required to submit tonne-kilometer Monitoring Plans to the FOEN no later than 30th September 2017.

Switzerland and the European Union (EU) are seeking to link their respective emissions trading schemes. Once the two emissions trading schemes have been formally linked, aircraft operators are to also be integrated into the Swiss emissions trading scheme.

Before civil aviation can be incorporated into the scheme, it will be necessary for the involved aircraft operators to collect tonne-kilometre data, which will be required for calculating the allocation of emission rights without charge to the aircraft operators. In order for the tonne-kilometre data to be correctly collected in 2018, the aircraft operators have to prepare a monitoring plan by not later than 30 September 2017, in which they describe the methodology, competencies and quality assurance model for the acquisition of the data.

For the preparation of their monitoring plan, aircraft operators are required to use a template provided by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), which is based on the template provided by the EU.

In principle, all operators of aircraft that fly within Switzerland, or from Switzerland to destinations in the European Economic Area (EEA), will be required to submit a monitoring plan to the FOEN for verification. This includes operators who carry out flights from the binational Basel-Mulhouse Airport to destinations in the EEA, and flights between Basel-Mulhouse Airport and destinations in Switzerland, insofar as these are carried out under Swiss transport law. The requirement does not apply to aircraft that fly over Switzerland without landing there.

Visit the FOEN website for more information and Monitoring Plan template.

Extension of ‘Stop the Clock’ approved by European Parliament


The European Parliament voted by a clear majority to back proposals from the European Commission to extend the derogation that restricts the scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to covering flights within the European Economic Area (EEA). Agreed to enable ICAO to reach an agreement on a global carbon scheme, the derogation – known as ‘Stop the Clock’ – ended in 2016 and the EU institutions must reach a consensus by early next year. However, the vote signals a split between the Parliament and the Commission about how much longer the clock should be stopped. The Parliament voted to end the derogation by the end of 2020 in order to keep pressure on ICAO to finalise details on its CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme. In contrast, the Commission has proposed an open-ended derogation subject to a future review, in the belief that setting a time limit would create difficulties with the ongoing ICAO negotiating process. The Parliament also voted to further toughen EU ETS rules in the post-2020 period. […]

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As of 23 August 2017, 72 States intend to volunteer in participation in the global MBM from its beginning. Latest additions to the list are Nigeria, Jamaica and Botswana.

Aircraft operators worldwide that operate international flights will be requested to submit their CORSIA Monitoring Plan by 30 September 2018 while details of the scheme are yet to be published and validated by States.

CORSIA’s cornerstones to be agreed and published by ICAO are the MRV (methodology for monitoring, reporting and verification of individual operators’ emissions), EUC (Emissions Unit Criteria) and the registries. ICAO has already stipulated in its Resolution that it will provide assistance to all states to put in place the necessary infrastructure and priority will be given to the states who volunteer.

The Council is requested to develop the SARPs (Standards and Recommended Practices) and related guidance material for the implementation of the MRV system under the CORSIA, including simplified MRV (Monitoring, reporting and verification) procedures, for adoption by the Council by 2018. The MRV system should be implemented by States from 1st January 2019.

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The VERIFAVIA team is available for any questions you may have about this newsletter or other ETS and CORSIA related issues.

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